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New Images Transmitted from Everest for 2009

By Peter Potterfield - May 14th, 2009

Check out the latest images of Ed Viesturs and his expedition team members sent via satellite from the mountain itself by the First Ascent Everest Expedition photographers.

Ed Viesturs Climbs Everest and the 8,000 meter Peaks

By Ed Viesturs - April 9th, 2009

Take a look at images from Everest and the other 13 8,000 meter peaks as Ed Viesturs ponders his successful ascents of all of them in addition to six Everest summits

First Ascent Everest Expedition Climbing Team

By Staff - April 8th, 2009

This year Everest correspondent Ed Viesturs is attempting Mount Everest via the South Col route with a very strong First Ascent Everest Expedition.

Ed Viesturs: The Thinking Man's High Altitude Climber

By Peter Potterfield - April 8th, 2009

With six ascents of Everest already under his belt, Ed Viesturs is once again attempting the highest mountain on Earth without oxygen. The first American mountaineer to reach the summit of all 14 of the world's highest peaks, without bottled oxygen, continues to be lured back to Everest.

Routes & Maps

By GreatOutdoors Staff - April 8th, 2009

Check out the long trail through the Khumbu Valley of Nepal the climbers will cover in about eight to 10 days, from Lukla to Namche Bazaar and Thyangboche, and finally to Everest Base Camp. And see the convoluted climbing route from Everest Base Camp, up through the Khumbu Icefall, through the Western Cwm and up the Lhotse Face to the South Col--where the journey for the summit really begins.

Live on Ed Viesturs Returns to Everest

By Staff - April 8th, 2009

Ed Viesturs, the only U.S. climber to have climbed all fourteen of the world's 8,000 meter peaks without supplemental oxygen, is once again attempting Mount Everest. With six successful trips to the top of the world's highest peak already under his belt, Viesturs will attempt his seventh this year as he climbs with Dave Hahn and Peter Whittaker of the First Ascent team. Follow the action live on as Ed Viesturs calls in with daily dispatches.

Dave Hahn Reflects on his Tenth Everest Summit

By Dave Hahn

The media have acclaimed Everest correspondent Dave Hahn for becoming the first non-Sherpa to reach the summit of Everest for the tenth time, but Hahn himself discounts that milestone, saying the real hero is Apa Sherpa, who now has 18 trips to the top. But in his gripping Everest 2008 wrap up, Hahn does say he is proud of the three day struggle to reach the summit last month. In his final piece of the season, Hahn describes in detail how he and client Nicky Messner and Sherpas Samduk Dorjee and Phinjo Dorjee aborted their first summit attempt, spent another night and day in the Death Zone at the South Col at 26,000 feet, and then, dodging rockfall, ultimately reached the summit and descended safely.

Sir Edmund Hillary Dies

Sir Edmund Hillary, the climber who was one of two men to make the first ascent of Mount Everest, in 1953, died in his native New Zealand. In May, 1953, Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay were the first human beings to climb to the summit of Mount Everest. The extraordinary event made both men famous. Hillary had been in failing health for several years.

The Planet Ice Project

By James Martin - January 19th, 2007

James Martin, writing exclusively for as he photographs and researches his book, Planet Ice, has been busy documenting the vanishing ice around the world. His new book includes essays by Yvonne Chouinard and others.

Classic Hikes of the World

By Peter Potterfield - September 2nd, 2005

An excerpt from Peter Potterfield's new book on the world's best hiking routes, including the Grand Canyon, Kungsleden, McGonagall Pass, Routeburn Track and the Wonderland Trail.

A World of Adventure

By Jake Norton

Jake Norton has photographed the world's mountains, peoples, and cultures for
a variety of clients.

Top Ten Sights in Asia and the South Pacific

Discover Asia. See it all! Here are the top sights - from Angkor Wat to Mount Everest to the Great Barrier Reef to the Great Wall of China.

Spiritual Adventures

By Jason Lathrop

Spiritual retreats are one way of leaving your culture for another.

Peaks & Passes

By Charlie Fowler

Mountaineer-photographer, Charlie Fowler shares a breathtaking view of Cho Oyu and Shishapangma as his crew attempts to climb and ski some of the world's largest peaks.

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